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    Default They're Doing Great!

    It's been quite a while since my last update, so it's high time that I let everyone know what's going on. I'm a stay-at-home Dad of a two-year old and I'm working on my Master's Thesis, so time is always in short supply! My Discus maintenance doesn't suffer, but unfortunately updating the folks at Discus does!

    They're growing like crazy and are great eaters. I feed about six to eight times daily. The staple food is frozen beef heart mix and I throw in some Color Bits, Tubiflex Worms and New Life Spectrum Discus Formula for variety. They'll eat anything! They sometimes take nibbles of my forearms when I'm doing my water changes.

    Compared to my Competition Colleagues, I am probably a bit of a water change heretic. I do a WEEKLY 85% water change. I know other folks do lots more, but I think it's more important to minimize distruptions and shoot for stability rather than going for ultra-pristine water. So far, I've noticed nothing to convince me more water changes are required. I have the luxury since I'm home all day to do numerous small feedings that minimize the amount of uneaten food waste that is in my tanks. I can also monitor my water quality carefully... I shoot for stable parameters: 86F, Hardness of 125 ppm, and Nitrates 0-10. Once that Nitrate number heads up above 10, I do my water change. So far, my weekly changes keep that number well below 10.

    Anyway.. Here are the pics! I think my biggest problem is getting good pictures. These are better than I've done in the past, but they hardly do these guys justice. (They're afraid of the flash!)
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    Default Re: They're Doing Great!

    They are looking, Good!! Good luck on your masters

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    Default Re: They're Doing Great!

    Wow, Scott, they do look good. How big do you think the largest and smallest are by chance? How 'bout a full tank shot, I like planted tanks.
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    Default Re: They're Doing Great!

    They are looking really good.

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    Default Re: They're Doing Great!

    Jose -

    Once the little one goes to bed tonight, I'll take some full tank shots!

    As for their size.... I'd say the largest are around 4" and the smallest are probable more like 3" to 3.5" So far, they seem to be growing at nearly the same rate. The "big dogs" of the tank are obviously growing the largest, but I don't have any that would classify as runts....

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    They do look really good! Thanks for the update

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